Monday, May 21, 2007

Rutherford's Hymn!

To add to my excitement today (see the first two posts of the day for reference), the Lord has given me another wonderful gift!

Background:
I first read Elizabeth Elliot's Passion and Purity when I was in my teens. It had a huge impact on my life, but it's relevence to this little tale of God's goodness has to do with a precious hymn.

Elizabeth references in Passion and Purity that Jim had memorized all 12 verses of Rutherford's Hymn. I've tried for years to find the other verses of Rutherford's Hymn, more commonly known as "Immanuel's Land" <#105 in the "black book," & #85 in the "red book" for those of you from PB backgrounds ;-)> or "The Sands of Time are Sinking." What we commonly sing of this hymn has made it one of my favorites for years, and I've longed for years to know the rest of the verses.

Today's gift:
Totally by "accident" - I found it! This page actually has 19 stanzas of a poem by Ann Ross Cousins inspired by the writings of Samuel Rutherford. I haven't even read them all thoroughly yet, but I had to post in my excitement. I hope you enjoy it!

2 comments:

flash said...

The song is also here with all 19 verses:

http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/a/sandtime.htm

This website: http://cyberhymnal.org has thousands of hymns with all the known verses. Quite a useful tool.

Laurel said...

Ahh! And it's even the "right" tune there. :-)

Strange, I had thought I'd checked cyberhymnal. That is such a great resource.

Thanks for the link, Flash!